Saying Ninakupenda (I love you) in Kenya

Kenya is the romantic inspiration for many iconic moments: from the scenic blockbuster Out of Africa, to Prince William’s royal proposal to his princess, Kate Middleton. In fact, Kenya is also the largest exporter of cut roses in the European Union and the fifth largest exporter of cut flowers in the world, supplying bouquets to sweethearts across the globe.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Kenya is the land of romance, especially considering there is a range of picturesque, natural landscapes to enjoy. Whether you are looking to spend your Valentine’s Day in the savannahs of the Maasai Mara, or relaxing with a secluded Mount Kenya backdrop, there are romantic getaways for every couple in Kenya.

Here is Make it Kenya’s Top Five romantic spots within the country:

 

THE SANDS AT CHALE ISLAND, CHALE ISLAND

Off the coast of Diani Beach, this secluded island has the benefit of breath-taking views of the sea and surrounding indigenous forest. The Sands at Chale Island is an ideal retreat for couples to enjoy each other’s company and also indulge in fun activities together such as canoeing and snorkelling.

Price: From $150 per night – to make a booking, go to the website here.

 

OL DONYO LODGE, CHYULU HILLS NATIONAL PARK

Perched on the side of the Chyulu Hills mountain range, the lodges are nestled between three national parks and on wildlife migration routes. Each morning, wake up to views of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and animals passing by your villa.

Price: From $1,700 per night – To make a booking, email res.manager@greatplainsconservation.com

 

THE SANCTUARY AT OL LENTILLE, LAIKIPIA

Overlooking the surrounding hills and ranches, this lodge has partnered with the neighbouring Maasai and Samburu communities to provide a unique conservation tourism experience. The amenities are not only eco-friendly but also luxurious with spa treatments, a horizon swimming pool, butler services and more.

Price: From $830 per night

To make a booking, email info@ol-lentille.com

 

LOISABA STAR BEDS, LAIKIPIA

As part of the Loisaba Conservancy, the hotel has offers two beds on wheels known as ‘star beds’ which can be set up on the banks of the Ewaso N’giro River or under a shelter, near the watering hole. The beds offer a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and busy hotels.

Price: From $215 per night- to make a booking, email enquiries@loisaba.com

 

HEMINGWAYS RESORT, WATAMU

Hemingways is a luxury resort on the gorgeous coast of Watamu, with numerous activities for couples to enjoy. From travelling in the area to the Gede Ruins and splashing about in the pools and ocean to relaxing by the beach and enjoying the spa and wellness centre, there is plenty to do for everyone.

Price: From $120 per night – to make a booking, go to the website here

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Pope Francis to Visit Kenya in First Ever Trip to Africa

Pope Francis will visit Kenya from 25 – 27 November in his first ever trip to Africa. Nairobi will be his first stop on a three-state visit of the continent to include Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The Catholic community in Kenya accounts for an estimated 33 percent of the population. While in Nairobi, Pope Francis will hold a Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi which is expected to be attended by 1.4 million people from across the country.

The Pope will also meet other religious leaders to discuss inclusivity and how people of all denominations can co-exist. Key discussions will include matters around climate change, strengthening family ties, and inter-ethnic tolerance.

It has been 20 years since Kenya hosted a pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church which was marked by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1995. The nation is prepared to welcome Pope Francis with blessings and joy.

For further information, and full details Pope Francis’ itinerary, please visit